Statesville to resurface streets, buy firetruck

During May, the Statesville City Council unanimously approved spending more than $1.3 million to fund a major street improvement project and buy a new firetruck.

And while Statesville officials continue to debate the proposed 2010-11 budget, which could increase utility fees, they also note the recently approved capital spending will have no effect on next year's budget.

"Approximately $2 million in frozen capital funds from our 2008-09 budget was authorized in 2009-10, and the $1.3 million will come from those funds," said Lisa Salmon, the city's finance director.

Street improvement project: The council May 3 awarded a $677,000 street improvement project to the low bidder, Maymead Asphalt of Mountain City, Tenn. The project calls for resurfacing portions of 34 city-maintained streets and adjusting manholes and minor patching of roads as necessary. Before the vote, Public Works Director Larry Pressley told the council Maymead has successfully completed paving projects in surrounding areas and does quite a bit of work for the state on the interstates.

Although they are based out of state, Maymead also has local asphalt plants in North Carolina, including Statesville. A complete list of the roads to be resurfaced is available at

New pumper: To equip Statesville's new fire station in the northeast section of the city, which is scheduled to open next year, the council authorized the purchase of a 1,500-gallon-per-minute pumper truck from C.W. Williams and Co., based in Rocky Mount. With required equipment included, the price tag comes to $646,120, according to Deputy Fire Department Chief David Cline.

"The equipment specified for this apparatus is the same as our other front-line pumpers. This time, however, each item was bid individually as a way to reduce overall costs." Cline said the Williams bid on the truck was about 1percent lower than a bid from Stevens Fire Equipment.

Established in 1957, C.W. Williams provides fire apparatus and related products and services to fire departments in the Carolinas, Virginia and parts of Tennessee. It must deliver the truck to the city within nine months.

In other action, the city has authorized the use of insurance proceeds to repair Engine No. 3, which was damaged in March. Cline said the pumper was at the scene of an emergency on Interstate 77 when it was struck in the rear by a car-hauler truck, sustaining more than $25,000 in damages.